Trafford Conservative councillors had ‘called-in’ two recent decisions made by Trafford Council. The first decision regards creating a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ in the Longford Park area of Stretford which will see planters in place to block vehicle access on roads around Longford Park. The second decision regarded the decision to approve ‘Option F’ as the route for the new Carrington Relief Road across the Carrington Moss.
The Labour Chair of Scrutiny Committee turned down the requests to even look at the decisions.
Cllr. Dave Morgan, Shadow Executive Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services at Trafford Council said regarding the Longford Park planters decision “The long running saga over blocking off roads around Longford Park has seen 3 consultations take place as the local community are evenly divided over where the planters should be placed or whether there should be any planters closing off road access at all. The latest consultation showed that 52.7% of residents who responded to the consultation wanted the planters relocated, whereas 46.7% wanted the planters completely removed. It’s very unfair on local residents that this decision has not been given the scrutiny it deserves”.
Regarding the decision at the October Trafford Council Executive meeting over the Carrington Relief Road, Cllr. Daniel Chalkin, Shadow Executive Member Housing and Regeneration said “The decision to forge ahead with progressing plans for a yet to be fully-funded road through Carrington Moss have been controversial since first mooted due to the Moss being an active carbon capturing peat bog which is subjected to regular flooding. It’s disappointing that the Labour Chair of the Scrutiny Committee has decided against further scrutiny on the decision and it’s also interesting to note that Trafford Council didn’t live stream the Executive meeting when the decision was first made. Labour had promised to make decision-making more accountable to residents, but has failed on this.”